Exhibit openings at both The Arts Council and The University of Alabama Galleries in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center take place on First Fridays from 5-8 pm and are free and open to the public.

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Gallery Details

The Arts Council Gallery and The University of Alabama Gallery

The Arts Council Gallery and The University of Alabama Gallery
First Friday: Dec 1, 2023
"The Susan Nomberg McCollough Fine Arts Initiative – A University of Alabama Biennial Event"
Exhibit Through December 1, 2023

Arts Council Gallery and UA Gallery hours weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is proud to present the inaugural exhibition of The Susan Nomberg McCollough Fine Arts Initiative – A University of Alabama Biennial Event, October 6 through December 1, 2023, at The University of Alabama Gallery and The Arts Council Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. This brand-new juried exhibition features the artwork of current UA studio art majors alongside the work of UA art alumni. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, October 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. and juried prizes awarded immediately following. 

For this year’s event, exhibition curator and gallery director Daniel White invited alumni exhibitors and juried in applicants from current majors in studio art. Alumni artists active in the field now who earned art degrees from the 1950s to recent years will display their work alongside these current undergraduate and graduate studio majors. In addition, a work by renowned artist William Christenberry (1936-2016) who earned his master’s degree in painting at UA in 1959, will be featured in the exhibition, a gift from donors Maggie and Will Brooke.

John Fields, the Lydia Cheney and Jim Sokol Endowed Director and Chief Curator for the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, who serves as the exhibition’s judge, will select works from among the current students for the Best in Show award, an Award of Distinction, and an Award of Merit. The awards will be announced during the reception on October 6.

Joe A. MacGown is a Mississippi artist and naturalist who has been creating art for 50 plus years. He is known for his scientific illustrations and detailed chaotic assemblages of strange, mutated creatures, crowded surreal landscapes and mandala-like designs.

Also featured on Dec. 1 in the Black Box Theatre:

December 1st 
Art Night Tuscaloosa
Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center
Black Box Theatre
For one night only, you are invited to see the artworks made by Faucett-Vestavia Elementary students and artist Karen Brummund. There will be a fun art activity for all ages, drawings by students, and a video installation. These artworks were made during Brummund’s Fall 2023 artist residency with the 2nd and 3rd grade called, “Growth Mindset as Light.” 
Karen Brummund’s environmental installations have been commissioned by individuals and organizations around the world, including Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects in Chile, The Sirius Art Centre in Ireland, the Brady Art Centre in London, and the Foundation of Spirituality and Art in Charleston, South Carolina. She created site-specific video installations for the exterior of museums like the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Everson Museum of Art as well as festivals like Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Digital Graffiti. Grants and fellowships from organizations like the New York Foundation for the Arts, Experimental Television Center, NYSCA, and the Cornell Council for the Arts enable her to create community-based art projects outside of art institutions on facades like barns and brick walls.
Her video “The Posture of Harmony” is part of an ongiong series that was exhibited in Charleston, South Carolina by the Foundation of Spirituality and Art and will be shown at Rollins College and True/False Film Festival in 2024.